A Macomb man is looking forward to having a “solid financial foundation” after winning $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game.
Anthony D’Angelo, 56, matched the five white balls drawn Dec. 26, 2016 – 01-04-27-35-45 – to win the big prize. He bought the w ticket at the CVS Pharmacy, located at 46850 Romeo Plank Road in Macomb. D’Angelo is the 10th Michigan winner of a lifetime prize in the Lucky For Life game.
“I was sitting at the table with my wife checking my ticket circling each number I matched,” said D’Angelo. “When I got to the last line and had five numbers circled I handed her the ticket and said ‘Look at this!’ Neither of us could believe what we were looking at.”
D’Angelo visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim the big prize. He chose to receive payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or life, whichever is greater. He could have opted to receive a one-time lump sum payment of $390,000.
“Choosing the annual payments will give me and my family some financial security each year,” said D’Angelo. “It’s nice to know that I’ll have something coming in for at least the next 20 years.”
With his winnings, D’Angelo plans to pay some bills.
“I lost my job a few years ago, and worked several jobs to make ends meet for my family,” said D’Angelo. “I ended up having a heart attack from all of that stress, and I’m still paying those bills now. It will be nice to have that all behind me.”
While he’s happy to be paying off some bills, D’Angelo also is looking forward to the relief that getting $25,000 a year will bring.
“I can’t even describe how much weight this lifts off of my shoulders. Having $25,000 a year guaranteed to arrive will be so helpful to my family,” D’Angelo said.
For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.